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ANHS2615 - Comedy in the Ancient World

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Robert Cowan


In Athens comedy flourished during the Peloponnesian War, while in Rome the high point followed the Punic Wars. What do the comedies of Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence have to tell us about the societies they entertained? Why did the rumbustious popular form of comedy develop into the more thoughtful and reflective `New Comedy' of Menander? Within the genre and individual plays we explore the comic themes, preoccupations and conventions that had such an enormous influence on subsequent European drama.


1x2hr exam (45%) and 1x2000wd essay (45%) and participation (10%)


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


(6 junior credit points of ANHS) and (6 credit points of ANHS, HSTY, ARCA, PHIL, GRKA or LATN)



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